Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character. – Robert E. Lee
We also can read of the heart of David, seen when he offers his monetary resources for the building of the temple. David has the understanding that the resources were not his own. They were from the LORD and should be used for His glory. The character of poor in spirit recognizes that all that we possess is from God and we have nothing that we can call our own. Notice the character of David in the following passage in 1 Chronicles 29:13-17,
Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name. But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours. Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You. (NASB, emphasis added)
David’s son Solomon had a similar response when he was building the temple of the Lord when he stated in 2 Chronicles 2:6,
But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him? (NKJV)
David is a man that had the character that I want. David saw that there was nothing in him worthy of God’s blessing upon his life. Who am I? I am nothing…He is all. You and I need to live in the reality of that fact. That is total poverty of spirit – we are nothing apart from him! Only by the finished work of the cross are we allowed an audience with our Creator, but in His grace we can offer back what He has blessed us with.
Psalm 51:17 states,
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart – these, O God, You will not despise. (NKJV)
I believe John Gill stated it well in John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit … That is humbled under a sense of sin; has true repentance for it; is smitten, wounded, and broken with it, by the word of God in the hand of the Spirit, which is a hammer to break the rock in pieces; and that not merely in a legal, but in an evangelical way; grieving for sin as committed against a God of love; broken and melted down under a sense of it, in a view of pardoning grace; and mourning for it, while beholding a pierced and wounded Savior: the sacrifices of such a broken heart and contrite spirit are the sacrifices God desires, approves, accepts of, and delights in; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise; but regard, and receive with pleasure; see Psalms 102:17; the Lord binds up and heals such broken hearts and spirits, Psalms 147:3; he is nigh to such persons, looks upon them, has respect unto them, and comes and dwells among them, Psalms 34:18.”
He will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their prayer. (Psalm 102:17, HCSB)
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows]. (Psalm 147:3, Amplified)
The LORD is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18, HCSB)
How do you view yourself? Are you poor in spirit or do you honestly feel you have something God can use for the kingdom (Philippians 3:7-8)? Are you God’s gift to your local church or a humble servant willing to give up all to honor your Lord? Make a choice today to give it all up to build the kingdom as David did to build the temple.